Ron Alting

A bill being proposed by a Lafayette-area lawmaker would exempt military pay from Indiana’s income tax.

Military service members can currently exempt up to $5,000 of their pay.

State Senator Ron Alting’s bill would raise that exemption to 100% beginning in January 2015. 

The change would cut more than $36-million from state revenues, with that amount expected to increase each year.

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House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he has reservations about legislation headed to his chamber that he calls a significant expansion of gaming.  He's anticipating the House will amend the bill.

The Senate-approved legislation includes tax breaks for casinos, adding live table games to racetrack casinos and allowing riverboats to move their gaming facilities completely on land.  The bill aims to steel the state’s wagering facilities against pressure from gaming in all surrounding states.

Legislation Cracks Down on Spice and Bath Salts

Mar 15, 2012

Legislation drafted by a Lafayette lawmaker is now law.

Senator Ron Alting’s bill strengthening the ban on synthetic cannabanoids such as Spice and Bath Salts was signed Thursday by Governor Mitch Daniels.

Alting says the measure will likely serve as the standard for national laws.

Under the legislation, retailers who sell the synthetic drugs face losing their license for a year and individual workers could be prosecuted to up to eight years in jail.

Those who use the substances could face criminal charges similar to marijuana possession.

Indiana House and Senate lawmakers will meet Monday to hammer out the details of a final version of statewide smoking ban legislation.  For his part, Governor Mitch Daniels says he’s willing to help the cause.

The House passed a bill with exemptions for gaming facilities, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and fraternal order clubs.  Bars and taverns were only exempted for the first 18 months.  The Senate added more, including a full exemption for bars, taverns and mental health and senior living facilities.

Those opposed to a Right to Work measure in the Indiana General Assembly are getting their side mobilized in the Lafayette area.